Nursing Mother, 31 Other Travellers Allegedly Kidnapped In Birnin Gwari

IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris

*Police says one life lost,  two  Kidnapped,  Vows To rescue  victims

Armed bandits operating in the Birnin  Gwari axis of Kaduna State  were said to have again  kidnapped  32 travelers on Friday  June  8,  2018.
This was alleged by a group,  Birnin Gwari Vanguard  For Security and Good Governance,  made  available to newsmen on Friday night.
“This evening around 6.25pm, armed bandits along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road has again kidnapped ten  people at Kuriga. Earlier today at Kwanar-tsauni between Udawa and Labi 22 people were kidnapped including a nursing mother.
“The latest abduction of commuters along this strategic route linking southern part of the country and the north has further deteriorated the security of Birnin-Gwari local government area, ” the statement said.
It explained that reliable sources close to the husband of abducted nursing mother said, the kidnappers are requesting  five million Naira as ransom for her release together with the infant.
” The husband a retiree without monthly Pension and gratuity cannot afford to pay the ransom, ” it stated.
The group  called  on the federal government as a matter of urgency to conduct aerial bombardment of identified hideouts of armed bandits along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road, Kaduna international airport general area particularly Sabon-Birni and maidaro as well as Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road and Kamuku Forest.
“We are not safe and if care is not taking, peasant farmers in our community will not be able to farm this season due to presence of armed bandits around their farmland.
“Deployment of additional security personnel to Birnin-Gwari without aerial bombardment of armed bandit hideout and synergy with local vigilantes will be an exercise in futility.
“Time for the government to act is now, before armed bandits crushed our entire community, ” it concluded.
When  called to confirm  the incident,  the Police  Public Relations Officer  (PPRO) Kaduna State Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar  confirmed that a kidnaping took place  but disagreed with the number of victims.
According to him,  in the early hours of Friday,  the armed bandits attacked two commercial  vehicles,  leading to the loss of one life and in swift response, the police rescued the passengers of the vehicles but the kidnappers went  away with one of the drivers and a female  passenger.
He assured that the Police was making efforts at rescuing both victims.



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